Fitness After School Training is owned and operated by Mike and Jennifer Young.
Born and raised here in Wilmington, Mike has always stayed active. In the summer of 2010, he decided to leave his position as Regional Director, of one of the fastest growing company's in the nation, to pursue his dream of teaching fitness to young people. Mike earned a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was awarded the 2005 NCRA Sportsmanship of the Year and the 2006 Male Athlete of the Year. Most recently, Mike has earned a Youth Fitness Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association.
Jennifer has a degree in Accounting from UNCW but after child #3, she became a stay at home mom. Over the past 6 years, she has been the care giver for several teacher's children. In addition, she has over 18 years of experience working with school age children from day care centers to her volunteer positions with the church's children department.
Mike and Jennifer believe a fit lifestyle will benefit children of all walks of life. They are committed to getting your child active and educating them about fitness, health and wellness. They will provide a fun and safe environment for kids to have fun, make new friends and get plenty of exercise.
What others have to say...
"I have chosen FAST and am completely satisfied with this outstanding program. I love the idea that while I am at work, he is not just sitting around being bored. He is busy with an action packed afternoon. Your program has nurtured my child to feel happier, healthier and more confident. I have seen remarkable results in my child since he has been there. His behavior and grades at school have improved as well. Mike and Jennifer not only helped my child improve academically, but socially as well. They teach children how to get along and use good manners with their friends. Whenever there is a problem, Mike and Jennifer use positive reinforcement and are very encouraging and supportive of my son. How grateful I am to FAST"
"After knowing Mike and Jennifer for almost 20 years and hearing about their desire to begin an after-school program, I was immediately interested. Knowing their values and witnessing how Mike and Jennifer are with children, I immediately knew that this might be the new after-school program that I had been searching for (along with my son’s friends).
My son, Nick is 8 and is in year-round school, so we decided to give FAST a trial run for three weeks during our first break in October. He loved it instantly and began begging me to switch him from his current after-school program to FAST. We did and this has been one of the best decisions that I and my husband have ever made involving our son.
Although my main reasons for putting Nick in the FAST program, was to place him in an environment that was positive and encouraging, I also wanted him to complete his homework each day. FAST has exceeded all of my expectations. We are reaping benefits from this program that I never imagined.
One of the mottos at FAST is that “If it does not bring a smile to someone’s face, then don’t say it.” I have seen a more caring, compassionate 8 year old boy since attending FAST. His homework is always complete and he comes home tired at night from all of the activities that Mike and Jennifer facilitate. Although he has always been athletic, he is learning how to challenge himself, beat his own time when competing (rather than worry about other children) and he has learned new activities and games and shared them with us as a family.
Nick’s best friends have been with him in his after-school program since he was in kindergarten. Although they all love each other, there were times in their old after-school program where they would begin to bicker after spending a lot of time together. I have noticed that in the 5 months that he and his friends have been going to FAST, that the bickering has stopped between the boys. They are too busy to bicker when they are at FAST.
The children at FAST are provided a healthy snack each day, which is very refreshing, when compared to the potato chips and juice boxes that were provided at his previous after-school program. Jennifer and Mike are teaching the children healthy eating habits and exercise habits. Nick understands what his calorie intake has to be each day and how much exercise he needs to burn off those calories and remain healthy.
During the days that the children do not have school, the children go on a field trip and then to a park. They also go to a park on Fridays, since the children don’t have homework.
I encourage any parent that may be searching for a quality after-school program, to give FAST a try. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your child. Besides, Nick is always wanting to make new friends."
“I am a teacher in Virginia. Ms. Jennifer’s daughter was in my class when she was in second grade. I could tell that the Young’s were a really neat family and when I needed someone to watch my 4 year old, I asked Ms. Jennifer if she would be interested. She took care of my girl everyday after school for two years. I think she and Mr. Mike are absolutely wonderful! Ms. Jennifer always provided healthy lunches and snacks. She also did a lot of cool crafts and cooking activities. My girl was actively playing with other children everyday. I felt comfortable being away from her because I knew she was getting the best care. Ms. Jennifer and Mr. Mike’s approach to discipline is always caring and positive. They have a special way of instilling positive values and teaching children how to successfully interact with each other. I was so excited to hear that they were opening Fitness After School Training. They have a talent for working with children, and the children in their care will benefit from all that they have to offer.”
Chesapeake Public Schools
Jennifer and Mike Young are two of the most energetic, nurturing, and responsible individuals that I have had the pleasure to get to know and work with. I have confidently trusted my children in their care and am continually amazed with their commitment and dedication to help my children's minds (and bodies) reach their own personal best.
NHC Kindergarten Teacher and mother of four
I have known the Young’s for more than a decade and in those growing years, they have become part of my own family. I am not one to send my daughter (Bella) to any after school program and/or summer camp, but knowing how much the Young’s will invest into the health, wellness, and safety of my daughter (or any other child), it makes it that much easier for me to send Bella to the FAST program. To that end, when my daughter, Bella, is old enough, she too will be a participant of the FAST program.
Wayland Tseh, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina Wilmington
School of Health and Applied Human Science
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
We feel extremely Blessed to have come back in contact with Mike and Jennifer Young. It was perfect timing as we were attending our son’s elementary school open house. We were worrying about how we were going to be able to provide after-school care for our son and God just dropped FAST right in our laps. Since the start, our son has enjoyed it immensely and it gives me and my wife peace of mind that he is getting the best care possible while also having a blast! We would suggest FAST to any parent(s) looking for this type of service.
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Location (off Kerr Ave behind the Kerr Wash)
4604 Franklin Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
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